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Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Saad Khattak said he wondered as to why Sri Lanka could not become a developed country like Singapore when it had all the necessary assets and a literacy rate as high as 97 percent.

The High Commission organised a seminar titled “Peace and Stability – An Imperative to Prosperity in South Asia” at BMICH Colombo recently. The High Commissioner was addressing the function. He said South Asia was home to 1.8 billion people, and 16.1 percent of them live on less than two US dollars a day.

“This is the state of affairs. All these people deserve an honourable living,” he said. He said there was reference to a fight between two brothers in the region.

“It is the elder twisting the arms of the rest of his brothers. It does not allow any country to exploit its full potential. Why Sri Lanka cannot become Singapore when its literacy rate is 97 percent and has all the assets,” he said.

  Comments - 18

  • Acid Monday, 10 February 2020 11:30 AM

    Because despite all the help given to SL by countries like yours, our leaders still bow to India no matter how much they screw us over!

    Saman Monday, 10 February 2020 09:42 PM

    You are 100 percent correct. India always created problems for us including creating tamil terrorists.

    Sri Lankan Monday, 10 February 2020 11:36 AM

    Because India wants us be their bitch.

    Bimsara Wijesinghe Monday, 10 February 2020 11:44 AM

    Politicians have twisted the arms of Mother Lanka! Hence, she can not move forward.

    prabath uduwella Monday, 10 February 2020 11:48 AM

    Ambassador must ask from those 225 crooks at the parliament.

    Chux Monday, 10 February 2020 11:50 AM

    Because of we had leases who loves their family and party before the country

    Sri Lankan Monday, 10 February 2020 12:14 PM

    Because of racism, discrimination, religious fanaticism , fundamentalism and radicalization of institutions and Linguistic imperialism. All the above facts are importing terrorism.

    Karu Monday, 10 February 2020 12:31 PM

    It's simple. Our leaders were communal minded and wanted to empower the people with freebies and Govt. jobs.

    Hamlet Monday, 10 February 2020 01:56 PM

    if you call Singapore 'Developed', Thank goodness we are not!

    K.L Pathirana Monday, 10 February 2020 02:21 PM

    Yes in deed the literacy rate is 97 percent, but we also have 3% intellectuals and 97% literate who has zero commonsense and idiotic mentality.

    johan Monday, 10 February 2020 02:23 PM

    Does he mean Pakistan is a developed country

    Sokrates Monday, 10 February 2020 03:05 PM

    Because of corruption, power hungry politicians, racism and foolishness.

    S.G Monday, 10 February 2020 03:29 PM

    Because we've been having money hungry bimbos running the country

    Haramanis Monday, 10 February 2020 09:43 PM

    Unfortunately D.S did not have a global vision, neither did Dudley or Sir John so we missed a golden opportunity. S W R D came and ruined the economy and destroyed the system and here we are!!

    Udaya Monday, 10 February 2020 09:43 PM

    Because our minorities are entitled, deluded, selfish, racist, lunatics.

    Kapila Tuesday, 11 February 2020 02:42 PM

    minority does not rule the country. LOL

    HE Weerasinghe Tuesday, 11 February 2020 07:40 AM

    I honestly can't believe some of the things people are saying in this comment section. Let me give you a clear cut answer as to why Sri Lanka is not developed: identity politics. Yes that's the answer. Sri Lanka was in an enviable position in the 1948. At the time, it was seen as a model for other ex colonies in comparison to its neighbours. Today, the country still drowns in identity politics, even after the war, and one person here claims that it's the minorities that have caused all of this. No, every single Sri Lankan (including chauvanist Sinhalese and Tamil nationalists) who have engaged in identity politics and only thought about their own ethnicity before their nationality is what has caused all of these problems. I'm a Sinhalese Buddhist and anybody that looks at the modern history of Sri Lanka through a non-biased lens would understand that SWRD Bandaranaike initiated this destruction with the Sinhala Only policy. Identity politics is why Sri Lanka is not a developed nation.

    DillonDP Tuesday, 11 February 2020 09:21 AM

    HA HA Is Pakistan developed, well until we have thieves such as yourself ruling countries, no land will ever prosper


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